Co-Chairs, Advisory Committee, and panel titles now announced for Lancaster’s Vancouver Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference & Vancouver Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector Conference, November 27 – 29, 2023.

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Meena Brisard

Secretary – Business Manager
Hospital Employees Union

James Suderman

Executive Director, Negotiations and Member Services
Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC)

Conference Advisory Committee
  • Renzo Del Negro, Director of Human Resources, City of Coquitlam
  • Douglas Dykens, Executive Director of Field Services and Negotiations, BC General Employees’ Union (BCGEU)
  • Starleigh Grass, Assistant Director, Field Services Division, British Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF)
  • Rebecca Maurer, Chief Executive Officer, Post Secondary Employers’ Association
Panel Titles
  • Panel 1 – Checking the Forecast: Experts examine the economic and fiscal climate for bargaining in B.C.
  • Panel 2 – Bots at the Bargaining Table: Addressing artificial intelligence in negotiations
  • Panel 3 – Labour Law Lightning Round: Flash focus on real-life contract provisions and issues
  • Panel 4 – Managing the Message: Expert guidance on communications, misinformation, and social media during bargaining
  • Workshop – Bargaining Essentials: Skills, tools, and strategies for effective collective bargaining

Vancouver Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference

Conference Co-Chairs

Tina-Marie Bradford

Staff Representative, Advocacy Department
BC General Employees’ Union (BCGEU)

Clayton Jones

Employer Counsel
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Gabriel Somjen


Conference Advisory Committee
Panel Titles
  • Panel 1 – Notable and Newsworthy: Experts address key cases and legislative developments
  • Panel 2 – Digital Dignity: Protecting privacy in an era of workplace surveillance
  • Panel 3 – Potholes on the Road to Justice: Addressing delay, abuse of process, and undue legalization in arbitration
  • Panel 4 – Artificial Intelligence at Work: Addressing the good, the bad, and the unknown
  • Workshop – Crafting Consensus: Strategies for effective advocacy at mediation